1911 Full size vs Commander
I have two Sigs and a S&W 627 PC revolver. I'm thinking about buying a high-end 1911 as my LAST gun and have narrowed down the choice to a NighkHawk Custom Predator. Based on aesthetics only I will likely specify an Ed Brown bobbed frame. I will never be able to carry so conceal-ability is not a major factor. I will likely opt for .45 ACP as my other guns are .357, .40 and Sig .357.
I would like to get opinions comparing the 5 inch barrel to the 4.25 commander model in terms of shootability and any other factor you may wish to comment on. I'm leaning to the Commander based only on my view of appearance particularly with the bobbed frame. Weight and size are not really a consideration. I would likely shoot IPSC with this gun.
Commander with a Stainless Frame
I have owned 2 Commander size 1911's . Years ago it was a Colt Officers Model with the Aluminum frame. I never enjoyed shooting it. Probably traded it within a few years. Most recently I added a Kimber Eclipse Pro Target II to my collection. What a GREAT gun. I am a Sig fan at heart but wanted a 1911, Wanted a .45 and wanted to try USPSA/ISPIC.
The Eclipse has a Stainless Frame which makes the gun a good bit heavier in the hand, Very solid feel and helps with recoil, Especially with Micarta Grips on it.
I too like the "Balanced" look of the 4" models over the 5". I'm also a sucker for an oversized bobtail wich explains my new Sig P229 Plat Elite.
If you look at 4" Models, Compare the Stainless Frames to the Aluminum ones. Its Night and Day Difference to me.